Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

This book is cute. It is all about super heroes and super villains. It switches between the perspective of Adrian and Nova, both respective super heroes/villains. Neither is quite sure how they fit into the world that is divided into good and bad. Nova has been raised by villains and believes herself to be a villain, but when she joins the Renegades to become a spy for the Anarchists, she starts to grapple with her own philosophies. Adrian, who is son of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden has always known he has been a super hero, but he also gets an inside look into the Council. The Council was created after the defeat of Ace Anarchy, who took control of the city to stand up for prodigious. Prodigies have been around for a long time before Ace Anarchy, but Ace Anarchy was the one who finally wanted to put a stop to the discrimination and fear that many people felt towards the prodigies. But as a result of his overthrow villain gangs rose to power and took control of the city. The Council overthrew all the villains and are trying to piece the city back together. Nova and Adrian were born in the middle of all of this and they don’t know anything different than what their respective parents have told them. Throughout this book Nova and Adrian must struggle with their beliefs and world views. This book does a great job of showing the nuances of politics and political systems, how one side can be idolized while the other demonized, and how it all happens so fast. I liked the way that this book did such a good job supporting both sides that even as a reader I wasn’t sure who I was rooting for. I really liked Nova as a character as she was so nuanced, she came into the story with unrelenting beliefs, but she would also listen to other people’s opinions, she stuck to her own beliefs and was able to have real conversations about topics that were difficult for her. I think she could be a good example for all of us on how to talk about politics in the real world. The writing and dialogue itself was cheesy, but it fit with the feeling and the world that was created. It bothered me at times, but overall I felt that it did a good job adding to the overall affect of the world building. The ending was amazing, it came out of no where and now I must read the next book to see what happens next. This is an excellent YA book that is not realistic fiction but still does a great job of being relevant to the world that we live in now.

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